Bang bang chicken burger - Brewdog

Brewdog (Lothian Road)

6th March 2019 6pm

Food – 8/10

We ate:
• Bang bang chicken burger (special)
• Jackpot burger
• Fries x 2
• Beer
• Diet coke

Bang bang chicken burger - Brewdog

Bang bang chicken burger – Brewdog

The bang bang chicken burger was excellent. It was quite stacked, with a deep fried chicken thigh, hot sauce, lettuce and sriracha mayo. A light slaw sat on top. The flavours danced on the taste buds and was a delight to eat. The mayo really worked well in pulling all the ingredients together. Somehow it almost felt like a healthy burger (I can kid myself!) The fries were a little limp though, which was a bit disappointing.

Jackpot burger and fries - Brewdog

Jackpot burger and fries – Brewdog

The jackpot burger consisted of a beef brisket patty with chorizo, black pudding, blue cheese and bbq sauce. This was also a large burger but easy enough to manage. It was full of flavour. The bun was also great as it was covered in poppy and sesame seeds.

Fritz-Kola - Brewdog

Fritz-Kola – Brewdog

Service – 8/10

Friendly service.

Atmosphere – 7/10

Great if you like a bustling atmosphere but perhaps a bit too noisy for decent conversation.



Value – 9/10

The voucher was a good deal but at full price, the burgers were still good value.

True cost approximately £35

Overall – 32/40

Would I eat here again? Yes.

Antipasti Sharing Platter - The Wine House 1821

The Wine House 1821

20th August 2018 6pm

After attending the opening launch for the Wine House 1821, we went back to spend a little time trying the food and drinks properly as well as having a little nosy around the place. Situated on Picardy Place, this venue has a beautiful frontage, even on the grey day we visited. Inside, it manages to avoid a pretentious feel by using wood to soften the surroundings in the main bar area. We took a seat and looked and the food and drinks menus. I can’t drink wine sadly, but my friend definitely could and decided on red but asked for advice based on the type of red she fancied. She was allowed to taste a couple and then opt for the one she preferred. Whilst this is a wine bar, it caters more than amply for those who can’t or won’t have wine. I chose a cocktail but there was a really good choice of other drinks too. We decided to pick some bread and the antipasti combo platter and we were informed that the platter already came with bread. Bonus!

The Wine House 1821

The Wine House 1821

Whilst we were waiting for the food, we got chatting with the staff about what they offer. Apparently. All the meets and cheeses are cut on site and pretty much everything in the place came from Italy (as the family are Italian). We also spotted some customers coming in to get some wine to take away. This is handy if you find a wine you like and want to have at home.

Antipasti Sharing Platter - The Wine House 1821

Antipasti Sharing Platter – The Wine House 1821

The platter arrived and looked amazing. We had a variety of meats and cheese as well as vegetables, grapes, walnuts and salad. Then there was bread and bread sticks and dipping oil. Heaven. The balance was right and we there was so much that we actually didn’t manage to finish it all. My friend described it at ‘epic’. It was really good value for money and we were able to graze at our own leisure as the place has a relaxed vibe about it.

Bread - The WIne House 1821

Bread – The WIne House 1821

We also got a little tour of the place, which has a beautiful function suite upstairs as well as four hotel rooms. There is also a cool cocktail bar in the basement.

We really enjoyed our visit to Wine House 1821 and certainly offered more than we expected. Definitely worth a visit.

Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere- 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 33/40

Would I eat here again? Yes!

Cost – complimentary but would be around £40 for two large glasses of wine, a cocktail and the platter.

Whilst this meal was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Kim from The Limelight for organising and providing a couple of the room photos.



13th September 2017 5.30pm

Brewhemia opened in August and is easily identifiable on Market Street by their floral front entrance. The place seems quite large, with a variety of spaces for drinks and food. We were seated in a booth that had a handy buzzer for bubbles. No doubt this feature is going to be very popular! They also offer tank beer, with six of their own copper beer tanks. As we both scoured the menu, we found our eyes were drawn to virtually all the options, one after another. In the end, I settled on the 6oz Scottish beef burger, with an additional side of onion rings (the burger already came with chips). My friend changed her mind at the last minute and ended up choosing the Scottish sirloin steak sandwich with a side of truffle and parmesan house chips. I also ordered a long bramble cocktail and my friend chose a large glass of red wine.



When the food arrived, they looked appetising. My onion rings were perched on top of my burger, so I got stuck into them straight away. I was really impressed with these. They were crispy and had managed to avoid the usual blandness you get with below-par onion rings. The burger was huge and I did struggle on an eating strategy but ended up cutting it in half and using my hands. The meat patty was excellent and had great flavour. The bun held up against the burger juices. The accompanying chips were fine but hovering around the average mark. There was an additional slice of pickle and a beetroot slaw, which were acceptable but didn’t add masses to the dish. Across the table, my friend’s steak sandwich was a little on the rare side but as long as you are fine with this, you will enjoy this dish. She wolfed it down, finding the mushroom jam and the IPA onion compote particularly nice additions, along with the very lovely side of truffle and parmesan house chips. She didn’t think the crisps on the side were up to much though.

We were so tempted by the desserts on the fist sift of the menu, we couldn’t deny ourselves the experience. I chose the rhubarb Edinburgh Gin crumble and my dining companion chose the Brewhemia sundae. My crumble turned out to be quite large. However, it was delicious. I liked the crumble as it was, only lightly toasted and plenty of goo. My friend commented that if it had been her dish she would have preferred it to be darker. It was accompanied by a sorbet and a cold crème anglaise. Whilst both were excellent, I think that no sorbet and either a warm custard or a cream would have worked better here. I didn’t manage to get through all of the crumble but I did make a valiant attempt. On the other side of the table the sundae consisted of vanilla ice cream, macaroon and IPA cherries. My friend inhaled most of this but began to struggle near the end as the cherries became more potent. That didn’t stop her picking a couple more out before the plates were taken away.

Brewhemia is a decent offering, with a nice drinks list and a sturdy option of pub grub. Definitely worth a visit.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall 32/40

Would I eat here again? Yes. It’s a good location and a large space.

£52 for two mains, two sides, two desserts, a cocktail and a large glass of wine

View from Old Chain Pier

Old Chain Pier

12th September 2017 7.30pm

A friend had just moved along the road from Old Chain Pier and conveniently there was a voucher deal for two grazing platters and four glasses of wine at said establishment, so we snapped that up and visited. In a beautiful location overlooking the Forth, we were delighted to be given a table by the window. We ordered our platters knowing that we may order some supplementary food later.

Grazing platter - Old Chain Pier

Grazing platter – Old Chain Pier

The platters came in crate type boxes but weren’t completely identical, with only one having balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip and only one had bell tomatoes, but nevertheless, these were tasty. Each also had a salad, cornichons, sundried tomatoes, mixed antipasti, olives, hummous, blue cheese, brie, cheddar, bread, oatcakes and butter. The bread was plentiful and soft. The hummus was delicious. All the antipasti was beautiful and full of flavour. The voucher was really good value for money.

However, we were all quite hungry before we arrived, so still had space for a little more. So we ordered the half kilo bowl of mussels, chilli and a portion of chips between the four of us. I have to say that the mussels were exceptional. They were nestled in a garlic, white wine and cream sauce and served with crusty bread. The chips were also decent. The chilli had great flavour but was not a thick enough consistency, which was a shame. The nachos looked a little lacklustre but actually were tasty.

Sticky Toffee Pudding (half eaten) - Old Chain Pier

Sticky Toffee Pudding (half eaten) – Old Chain Pier

Two of the table decided to share a dessert. They went for sticky toffee pudding and chose ice cream over cream as its accompaniment. Whilst this was nice and light, neither of them would say it was strictly a sticky toffee pudding as it had a strong cinnamon flavour. Apologies for the photo of it half eaten!

Old Chain Pier

Old Chain Pier

We had a really lovely time at the Old Chain Pier. The staff were friendly and the settling was delightful. A few little wobbles with the food but nothing detrimental and actually some wonderful stuff to enjoy. Certainly worth checking out.

Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8.5/10

Overall – 32/40

Would I eat here again? Yes

Cost £26 for the voucher plus a further £31 for two mains, a side of chips, a dessert, a glass of wine and a coffee

Apple Strudel - The Huxley

The Huxley

29th April 2017 12.30pm

We popped in here for lunch after seeing a push on social media (particularly their brunch it seems). Saturday meant it was busy but not in an overcrowded way. The Huxley offers a relatively standard menu which includs burgers, hot dogs, nachos, salads etc. All prices are fairly reasonable. I went for the naked dog – a hot dog without toppings, with the exception of onions. My friend chose the Philly Cheesesteak in the aim of eradicating the awful memories from Wildwood.

When the food arrived, it looked a little disappointing. My hotdog looked ok but the fries looked a little lacklustre. My friend’s cheesesteak looked a little lonely on the large plate (admittedly my friend forgot to order a side of fries). Even the accompanying slaw couldn’t do much to save either dish. Anyway, tucking in, my hot dog was actually pretty good. The sausage had really good flavour, smoky but not overpowering. The bun was ok and the onions were nice, although not with enough caramelised flavour for my liking. The slaw was crunchy and not too creamy. The fries were sufficient but were a touch limp. On the other side of the table, my dining companion was relieved to report that the cheesesteak was definitely better than the one from Wildwood. The filling was generous. However, she found the brioche bun a little too sweet.

As I had already spied an apple strudel on the dessert menu, I knew it was my destiny. My friend decided to have the trio of ice cream. When she ordered, it became apparent there was a choice but the waitress has to check. The choices were orange, ginger or wild berries. My friend thought they were odd choices but picked orange. Upon arrival, my strudel looked more like two spring rolls. The custard was a small pool in the bottom of the bowl. I could see that the strudel in this form could be stood up in the custard, allowing the pastry to still be crisp in places. The filling was tasty, with the apple not too sweet and the sultanas plump and luscious. I would have liked a little more custard as it was very good. Across from me, my friend was a little perplexed. Although the ice cream was creamy, it really had little perceptible orange flavour, which was a shame. The chocolate shard was pleasant enough. I did notice afterwards whilst writing this review and looking back at the photos that the menu does say a trio of ice creams and sorbet. However, there were not three scoops. I think the menu needs to be more clear that it is one scoop from a choice of three.

I think I enjoyed my meal more than my dining partner enjoyed hers. However, with other good eateries in the vicinity, this might not be my first choice to return to.

Food – 7/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 30/40

Would I eat here again? Maybe but it would not my top pick

Cost £18 with an introductory 20%off for signing up to their mailing list. Full price around £24 for two mains and two desserts.

Pork Bun Combo Meal - Ninja Kitchen

Ninja Kitchen



24th January 2017 6pm

Itison vouchers come in handy during January. We had purchased one for Ninja Kitchen in December so were pleased to get to use it in what can be a ‘poor’ month. Ninja Kitchen can be found in Bourbon on Frederick Street and is situated in a basement. This place has a relaxed feel. Our table was reserved so we got seated and started pouring over the options we had in the deal, which included a combo meal and a cocktail each. All orders for food are filled in on a little paper order form. We were advised by our server that the beef was out and that as the meals are on the smaller side we might want to consider adding some additional plates. We were disappointed that the beef was off as one of us would have definitely chosen it. However the combo meal allows for a steamed bun, fries and a slaw. I went for the pork bun with salted fries and peanut slaw. My friend decided to try the fish finger steamed bun with chilli-garlic fries and an Asian slaw. We also got some additional chicken skewers and ordered our cocktails. There were some interesting other flavour options (such as wasabi-orange fries) which we didn’t go for this time but are certainly intriguing.

The combo meals arrived in a basket, with the bun and fries and a little dish of the slaw balanced on top. The buns were nice. The steamed buns were wonderfully soft. However, I think the pork was a little dry with not enough hoisin for my liking but the pickle was crunchy and the peanut dust was tasty. This complemented the peanut slaw I chose, which was sublime and I could have eaten a massive bowlful of it. The fries were also of an excellent quality. On the other side of the table the fish finger bun was a surprise hit. She had ordered it as she thought it was worth trying something that felt a little random. The chilli-garlic fries had a good kick and afterburn but were delicious. The slaw was also good. The chicken skewers were moist and tasty but it was difficult to use the dip with the skewers.

We went for the deep fried bun with ice cream for dessert. I actually opted for a coconut and lime sorbet rather than an ice cream, and my friend went for a chilli chocolate ice cream. The deep fried buns were quite sugary but nice; my friend likening them to yum yums. The sorbet and ice cream were both excellent. With good, intense flavours.

The service in Ninja Kitchen, whilst friendly, was a bit slow. However, the food was good and we enjoyed the experience. We even got a bourbon biscuit with our bill. Recommended for lunch or a bite to eat with drinks in the evening.

Food – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 7.5/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 30.5/40

Would I eat here again? Yes, I think so.

Cost £15 for the deal (usually £30) plus £15 for the chicken plus the two desserts.

S'Mores - Refinery

The Refinery

13th January 2017 6pm

A friend and I dropped in here on a Friday night. The Refinery was busy but we were able to get a table in the ground floor. In a way this was a shame as first floor feels more like a dining space and the ground floor more like a ba). We got stuck into the cocktail menu immediately with a Candy Shop Sour and A Fine Pear. Both were very good. We then moved onto food. I ordered a cheeseburger with a side of cowboy fries (fries coated in honey, chilli and garlic). My dining companion went for the vegetarian option of the Thai coconut curry with a side of fries.

The food came incredibly quickly. My burger was substantial in size, kept together by a skewer. It was thoughtful to have the pickle on the side as I didn’t fancy it that evening so I didn’t need to salvage it from the burger. The mean was juicy enough but I ate it almost without noticing the cheese. The honey, chilli and garlic coating was lovely on the chips but the chips themselves seemed to be lacking something and weren’t really fluffy inside. On the other side of the table, the curry was perfunctory but wasn’t providing any wows. The rice and curry were served separately which was good. This course just didn’t seem to make much impact.

We ordered more cocktails which again were great. This time it was a S’mores and a Porn Star Martini. We decided that we could fit in desserts. I chose chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and my friend picked the pecan tart. The brownie came with a gooey sauce you could pour on yourself, which was a nice touch. The brownie was sadly a bit dry, maybe from being heated up but the ice cream was tasty. The pecan tart was enjoyed but at the same time was at the very sweet end of desserts.

All in all we felt a bit uninspired by the food but the drinks were excellent.

Food – 6.5/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 28.5/40

Would I eat here again? Probably not but I would definitely come for drinks

Cost £73 for two starters, mains and sides and desserts plus four cocktails.